In a recent Guardian article, Martin Robbins wrote about weighing himself hourly for three days. The article is well worth reading. This paragraph caught my eye.
“The first surprise was just the sheer amount of mass involved. In three-and-a-bit days I consumed a massive 14.86kgs of stuff – about 33lbs. That was made up of 3.58kgs of food and 11.28kgs of drink (including 700 grams of a nice red). That’s way, way, way higher than I expected.”
That mass is roughly what my rucksack would weigh in total, including a tent and a stove, at the start of a six day hike without resupply. Assuming I consume a similar mass when at home, two conclusions are obvious. First, an awful lot of a backpacker’s daily consumption comes out of streams. My second conclusion is that my lighter, backpacking diet is so different from what I eat at home that I really should treat myself to more, better, restaurant meals when I hit town.